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UPDATE: Suspect Sentenced to Prison in Charleston Deadly Shooting

By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/9/12 @ 12:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Charleston is heading to prison after he admitted to his role in a deadly shooting.

Donald Raines was sentenced Friday morning to five years behind bars.

Raines shot and killed Jerry Baldwin at a house on Mary Street in November 2011.

Police say Raines and Baldwin were fighting over a woman, when the shooting happened.

Raines was originally charged with murder, but the grand jury didn't find enough evidence to support the charge.

Raines pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter back in September.



UPDATE 9/12/12 @ 11:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It is case closed in a deadly shooting on Charleston's West Side.

Donald Raines pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to voluntary manslaughter. He shot and killed Jerry Baldwin at house on Mary Street in November.

Raines was originally charged with murder, but the grand jury didn't find enough evidence to support the charge.

Sentencing is set for November.

Raines faces up to 15 years in prison.



UPDATE 1/29/12 @ 6:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man originally arrested and charged with murder has only been indicted on a manslaughter charge, leaving the victim's family outraged.

Police say Donald Raines, 36, of Charleston, shot and killed Jerry Baldwin following a heated argument outside Raines' home on Mary Street last November.

Baldwin's family says they want the justice they deserve in a case of murder versus self-defense.

Prosecutors say the evidence may prove Raines was justified, or at least defense lawyers may argue to that point.

The case highlights an age old debate on the delicate balance between protecting you and your home and having intentions to commit a deadly crime.

Police say Raines and Baldwin were arguing over a girlfriend, when Baldwin threatened Raines.

"The evidence in this case is that the defendant was in fact in fear of serious bodily injury," Prosecutor Mark Plants said.

That's when police say Raines got a gun and shot Baldwin, several times from his porch, killing him.

"If I was somebody that was scared for my life I would go in the house, lock the door and call 911," Baldwin's mother Joyce Baldwin said. "I wouldn't be going in the house, grabbing a gun and going back outside -- that's asking for trouble."

The trouble now is the evidence as the Baldwin family is outraged after a recent grand jury indicted Raines on voluntary manslaughter and not murder.

"The man is a murderer, he should not go free," Joyce Baldwin said. "Or even in three years...that's a slap in the face."

Questions swirl of whether or not Raines was just defending himself.

"If you're outside on your porch under the black and white letters of the law -- you're no longer in your home and you now have a duty to retreat," Plants said.

However, police say Raines didn't retreat and opened fire, killing Baldwin.

"He ended up dying in the street so at some point how far can you pursue on the castle law and still be shooting?" brother James Baldwin said. "How many shots is enough?"

Raines was only four feet from freedom and now has a lesser charge against him. Baldwin's family says justice has been thrown out the window.

"My son can never see the sunshine again, my son can never feel the wind blowing," Joyce Baldwin said. "But he {Raines} will won't he? He'll get that chance."

The prosecutor's office says it did present the evidence to the Grand Jury and it decided there wasn't enough evidence to support the first degree murder charge.

It's really a gray area since prosecutors say the shooter felt threatened but fired from outside his home when there really was no immediate threat inside.

Raines is expected to be in court Tuesday for the voluntary manslaughter charge.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com for updates to this story.



UPDATE 11/15/11 @ 6:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman, her boyfriend, her ex-boyfriend and a gun turned out to be a deadly combination Tuesday morning in Charleston.

One of those men is dead, and the other has been charged with murder.

“It started as an argument over a girl,” Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton said.

Police say Donald Raines shot Jerry Baldwin several times at a house along Mary Street just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“The shooter lives there, and the girlfriend lives next door,” Eggleton said.

Police say Raines saw his ex-girlfriend coming home with Baldwin. An argument started, and seconds later it became a crime scene.

“I've lived on this hill 50 years,” Michael Todd, a neighbor, said.

Todd has seen a lot over the years, but says this is too close for comfort.

“It's getting pretty close to home,” Todd said. “You're not safe in the day time. You're not safe at night.”

In this case, Baldwin is the one who wasn't safe. He spent the morning in surgery, fighting for his life.

Raines was charged with malicious wounding and immediately posted bond, but then Baldwin died.

Raines was arrested a second time and charged with murder. He is in the South Central Regional Jail.



UPDATE 11/15/11 @ 10:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police say a man who was shot early Tuesday morning has died.

Sgt. Eric Hodges says Jerry Baldwin, 35, of Charleston, died at a local hospital.

Baldwin was shot multiple times with a .9mm handgun about 2 a.m. at a home on Mary Street.

Donald "Dub" Troy Raines II, 36, of Charleston, was arrested a short time after the shooting and admitted to police that he shot Baldwin.

Raines II was initially charged with malicious wounding, but since Baldwin has passed away, Raines II is now charged with murder.

Police say the shooting appears to be domestic related.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest with this story.



UPDATE 11/15/11 @ 7:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Charleston is in critical condition after a shooting was reported early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. at 414 Mary Street.

Police were called to the home for a possible shooting. According to a news release, when officers arrived they found Jerry Wayne Baldwin, 35, of Charleston, with a gunshot wound.

Baldwin was taken to CAMC General and is now listed in critical condition following surgery.

Donald "Dub" Troy Raines II, 36, of Charleston, was arrested a short time later.

According to the criminal complaint, Raines shot Baldwin multiple times with a 9mm handgun. Raines told police he shot Baldwin after having his Miranda Rights read to him.

According to the news release, the shooting appears to be domestic related.

Raines was arraigned in Magistrate Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was charged with malicious wounding.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston police are on the scene of a shooting on Mary Street.

It happened just after two Tuesday morning in the 400-block of Mary Street, outside a home.

Kanawha County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com one person was shot.

The location and severity of the victim's injuries are unknown at this time.

Dispatchers say the gunman has not yet been found by police.

Police and EMS crews are on the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest.


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